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Michael Arrington: Google Spied On My Gmail Account

•, Steve Kovach
Arrington writes that his source for the story later came up to him in person and said Google showed the source Arrington's email correspondence. Since the source used a non-Google email account to send the information, Arrington concluded that Google found the message by accessing his account without permission. Google later fired the source, according to Arrington.
The story comes after the revelation Thursday that Microsoft accessed a blogger's private Hotmail account after a former Microsoft employee leaked proprietary information about Windows 8. Microsoft defended its actions by saying it has the right to search its own servers without a court order if it has a strong suspicion of intellectual property theft.
Many email services like Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo Mail have clauses in their terms of service that say the companies can access your account without permission if they suspect intellectual property theft.

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